Monday, February 2, 2009

Proverbs 31

I want to study Proverbs 31, I want to study about what it means to be a Godly woman, especially in a world that is not very conducive. I am going to be do a little blog series about what I have found, and I invite you to join in and study with me, and let me know things that you have found. I am hoping to grow in areas that I need improvement, and further nurture other areas that I would love to develop. For now, I will leave you with the Message's version of Proverbs 31:10-31:

Hymn to a Good Wife
10-31 A good woman is hard to find,
and worth far more than diamonds.
Her husband trusts her without reserve,
and never has reason to regret it.
Never spiteful, she treats him generously
all her life long.
She shops around for the best yarns and cottons,
and enjoys knitting and sewing.
She's like a trading ship that sails to faraway places
and brings back exotic surprises.
She's up before dawn, preparing breakfast
for her family and organizing her day.
She looks over a field and buys it,
then, with money she's put aside, plants a garden.
First thing in the morning, she dresses for work,
rolls up her sleeves, eager to get started.
She senses the worth of her work,
is in no hurry to call it quits for the day.
She's skilled in the crafts of home and hearth,
diligent in homemaking.
She's quick to assist anyone in need,
reaches out to help the poor.
She doesn't worry about her family when it snows;
their winter clothes are all mended and ready to wear.
She makes her own clothing,
and dresses in colorful linens and silks.
Her husband is greatly respected
when he deliberates with the city fathers.
She designs gowns and sells them,
brings the sweaters she knits to the dress shops.
Her clothes are well-made and elegant,
and she always faces tomorrow with a smile.
When she speaks she has something worthwhile to say,
and she always says it kindly.
She keeps an eye on everyone in her household,
and keeps them all busy and productive.
Her children respect and bless her;
her husband joins in with words of praise:
"Many women have done wonderful things,
but you've outclassed them all!"
Charm can mislead and beauty soon fades.
The woman to be admired and praised
is the woman who lives in the Fear-of-God.
Give her everything she deserves!
Festoon her life with praises!

2 comments:

Jennifer T. said...

Great idea, Momma Dee! I'm working on this now, too. Check out my blog for the website I posted. I just joined the "5:16 club" and it sounds like you might be interested in doing something like that, too!

Shannon said...

Are you a mind reader??? I think I have the same thoughts EVERY DAY! I can't wait to see what you learn (and maybe that means I'll learn something too!!).